4 April 2018 For Immediate Release
THIRD ANNUAL ONE HEALTH DAY INTRODUCES EXCITING UPDATES
2018 EDITION LAUNCHED TODAY BY THREE INTERNATIONAL ONE HEALTH GROUPS
3 November is the official observance date of the annual global One Health Day. Launched in April 2016 by three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation, One Health Day raises awareness about the One Health approach to complex health problems involving people, animals and the environment. One Health Day has grown into a sustainable platform for One Health supporters around the world to educate about One Health and One Health issues in their locals.
Today, the three global partners launch promotions of the 2018 One Health Day campaign, calling upon individuals and groups from around the world to implement One Health educational projects and awareness events under its auspices. Anyone, from academia to government to corporate to private individuals can plan and implement a One Health Day Event which can be organized any time of the year and does not have to fall right on 3 November (unless participating in the student events competition).
The global One Health Day Events webpage and map provides an impressive account of registered One Health Day events. Online registration is free of charge and yields special benefits: promotion on the One Health Day website, free use of the One Health Day logo and other materials and –a new benefit in 2018 – the chance for a surprise visit by a renowned One Health leader at selected One Health Day events. These surprise visitors will bring energy and excitement to the selected events by adding the weight of their One Health personality and scientific renown. Event organizers are encouraged to register as early as possible for a chance to be selected.
To emphasize and encourage the next generation of One Health experts, multi-disciplinary student groups can again compete for cash prizes and global recognition. This year the criteria for competing student groups have been slightly relaxed. Student Teams are required to provide ‘student in good standing’ letters from their university, register their event 2 weeks prior to and submit a specified post-event summary. Four Student Competition awards of $2,000 will go to the top event in each of four global regions so students are encouraged to begin planning now!
About One Health Day
One Health Day answers the urgent need for a One Health trans-disciplinary approach towards solving today’s critical global health challenges. It is a timely initiative that gives scientists and advocates a powerful voice for moving beyond current provincial approaches to emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environmental pollution, food safety, comparative/ translational medicine and many other problems, to a holistic default way of doing business.
About One Health
One Health is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations, in both research and applied sciences, between human and animal health arenas, chemical, engineering and social scientists, dentists, nurses, agriculturalists and food producers, wildlife and environmental health specialists and many other related disciplines, assembled under the One Health umbrella. As early as 2010 the World Bank recognized and published documentary evidence supporting benefits of a One Health approach in disease prevention, public health and global security and recently reiterated the criticality of making it the global default way of thinking and acting. Today, the One Health approach is being increasingly accepted by numerous major international organizations such as the World Medical Association (WMA), the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many other supporting organizations can be found at http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php